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A man convicted last year for killing two people in 1976 died in prison

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin (AP) — A man sentenced to two terms in a murder that has been unresolved for decades has died in prison, state corrective authorities confirm. did.

Raymand Vannieuwenhoven, 85, convicted 25-year-old David Schuldes and 24-year-old Ellen Matheys in a deadly shooting of about 200 people at Marinette County Park in Silver Cliff on July 9, 1976. I was sentenced. The north mile (320 kilometers) of Milwaukee.

For decades, the widow and father of five children lived quietly among the 800 inhabitants of Lakewood, a town in northeastern Wisconsin surrounded by forests and small lakes. Was there.

After the killings have been unresolved for more than 40 years, cold case investigators determined in 2019 that DNA samples taken from evidence of crime scenes came to the Vannieuwenhoven family. Did. According to the criminal accusation, a DNA sample from Vannieuwenhoven himself (obtained from an envelope tanned for a police performance investigation he filled out) matched a sample from the scene.

Vannieuwenhoven was charged with two charges: one murder and one sexual assault. The alleged sexual assault involving Massies was dismissed because the statute of limitations had expired.

An online court record updated Wednesday stated that Vannieuwenhoven had died. The Wisconsin Correctional Bureau reported that Vannieuwenhoven died at the Oshkosh correctional facility on June 17, according to WLUK-TV.

Vannieuwenhoven denied his involvement in the murder and was convicted.

In March 2020, the judge ruled that Vannieuwenhoven did not understand his proceedings and could not support his own defense. The judge ordered him to be hospitalized at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison. By November, the judge determined that Vannieuwenhoven was able to understand his proceedings and assist in his own defense, and the case was put to trial.